It would be super motivating to see the kinds of things we’re all figuring out how to track well. Post your list as a reply-- maybe you can inspire someone else to track similar things!
Here’s what I’m automatically tracking, along with tracking interval (in parentheses):
- GPS coordinates (5 min)
- 3D Speed (5 min)
- 3D Direction/azimuth (5 min)
- Altitude (5 min)
- Desktop screenshot (5 min)
- Webcam capture (5 min)
- Currently active webpage, if browser is open (5 min)
Also, I have programmed my to-do list webapp to ask me randomized questions at randomized intervals throughout the day. The questions are single barrel, short, and pointed. I see one question at a time, answer it, and go back to my work with minimal interruption.
Questions are answered on whatever numerical scale (typically Likert-type strongly disagree --> strongly agree, or quantities like oz. of water consumed so far today, or stored as 1/0 yes/no answers) that makes sense for each question. The questions:
- Rate my servant leadership to my family during the past 24 hours
- Ounces of water intaken so far today:
- In pounds, I weighed during this morning’s weigh-in:
- Our degree of church involvement is:
- Was my quiet time this morning QUALITY time?
- The number of marriage enrichment I spent in the past 24 hours was:
- The number of viable job switch postings I have received in the past 24 hours is:
- In the past 24 hours, I spent this many hours specifically focused on helping to achieve my wife’s dreams:
- Over the past 24 hours, my communication with my wife has been open:
- Over the past 24 hours, my communication with my wife has been tender:
- Over the past 24 hours, my communication with my wife has been thorough:
- I rate my productivity at this moment as:
- My current activity is directly moving me toward my goals:
- I drank this many ounces of coffee this morning:
- In the past 24 hours, I was deliberately affectionate with my wife
- initiated the last loving action between me and my wife
- Is the budget outlook for this month better than last month?
- This month I have concretely boosted safety and security of my family
- I took my vitamins this morning
- Comment: what is the one big task i m procrastinating?
- How would I rate my current physical strength:
- How would I rate my current dexterity:
- How would I rate my current physical stamina:
- How would I rate my current intelligence:
- How would I rate my current charisma:
- How would I rate my current perceptiveness:
- How hungry am I right now:
- How thirsty am I right now:
- I am a failure:
- I am effective at teaching:
- I am effective as a research designer:
- I am effective as a publication writer:
- I am effective as a student mentor:
- I am effective as a husband:
- I am effective as a family member:
- I am effective as a member of my community:
- Evaluate: i feel positive about my marriage:
- My current physiological pain level is:
- I bicycle commuted today:
- M was on-time to my most recent meeting:
- My current focus level is:
- My current physical energy level is:
- My current emotional energy level is:
- I am not procrastinating my most important task right now
- My current love level is:
- My current joy level is:
- My current peace level is:
- My current patience level is:
- My current kindness level is:
- My current gentleness level is:
- My current self-control level is:
- My current goodness level is:
- My current faithfulness level is:
- How deeply do I feel I slept last night:
- Last night i got myself to bed on-time:
- Last night i got my wife to bed on-time:
- I have already spent time today on publications:
- Current happiness level:
- What time did i go to bed last night?
- My last snack was how many minutes ago?
- My last sip of water was how many minutes ago?
Usually, 10-20 questions get answered each day as I refer to my to-do list at work and at home. It is also REALLY interesting to ask my wife the same questions and see how our answers are similar or different.
I dump all the responses into a generalized web database where scripts can chew through everything and run stats analyses/generate visualization without eating up my laptop CPU or storage space.
I would like to capture more physiological data, but I am still wrestling with making that as automated as all of the above are-- there’s zero thought or planning needed to capture the above, but biological stuff needs a lot more conscious effort. If you have suggestions, let me know.
So far I’m adding 1-2 questions a week-- maybe more if you guys and gals are tracking some interesting stuff that I’m not.